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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Running Toward Illumia, by Angel Leya
From the Author
Hi, I’m Angel
Leya, and I write clean young adult stories with (at least) a touch of
magic and romance. My latest story is Running
Toward Illumia, Astrea’s tale of finding herself while running from the one
thing she wants most: To find her sense of belonging.
Astrea’s lived in the Mist all her life,
and she loves it there. In fact, she’d do just about anything to feel like she
fits in with her Rudan people, even hunt a unicorn to feed her starving tribe. Illumia is the first city beyond the Mist,
just past the Dragon Range. Astrea’s come up with 10 reasons to never go to
Illumia. I’ll let her tell you more.
Top 10 Reasons NOT to Travel to Illumia
10. They don’t have fog.
Who needs sunshine? I’m a Mist girl. Great
for concealing movement, comfortable like an old blanket, and you never have to
worry about dry skin.
9. They don’t all have red hair.
That’s why this tribe is here, despite
being sent to the fog to die. And why we call ourselves the Rudan, rather than
Wish my hair was redder. And I could use a
few more freckles. But I’m one of the Rudan, I swear. I’d be dead if I wasn’t.
8. They’re weak.
Fog weeds out the weak. And if the fog
doesn’t, the Lynx, ogres, or Rudan will. Illumians live the easy life. They
have no reason to be strong.
7. They’re not very welcoming.
The Rudan take in anyone who can survive
the fog. Illumians kicked us out (or at least my parents, but children of the
Banned are no less welcome).
6. Illumians are idiots.
Everyone says so.
5. Big government.
I know all five of my council members, and
they earned their spot. Like Seneca, first huntress—my mentor. Illumians
probably have no idea who runs their council.
4. The journey’s dangerous.
Even if you can navigate the fog, streams filled
with flesh-eating fish, and ogre-infested swamps, there’s the dragon range.
There’s one pass, guarded by Illumians. The rest is mountain. Treacherous,
dragon-housing mountains. No other way around it. Going to Illumia is a fool’s
3. My family’s not there.
If you think getting one person into
Illumia is hard, try five. Two brothers, plus Mamaa and Pawpaw.
Course, the whole tribe’s basically family.
I’d want to take them all.
Except maybe Mavin. He’s a jerk. (Kidding.
2. I can never come back.
Going to Illumia is a one-way trip. Illumians
and dragons ensure that.